Offense Gains Speed in Second Spring Scrimmage
April 19, 2002
EUGENE - The University of Oregon football team picked up momentum offensively in its second spring scrimmage Friday, as the Ducks posted a pair of both passing and rushing touchdowns.
On the ground, the Ducks had arguably their best showing of the spring, paced by Allan Amundson who tallied 13 rushes for 87 yards, 1 TD and one first down. Onterrio Smith saw action in the first half only and had five carries for 38 yards and two first downs, including a 31-yard scamper on his third carry of the day. Other top rushers included Matt Stewart (5 rushes, 10 yards, 1 first down) and Ryan Shaw (9 rushes, 49 yards, 1 TD, 2 first downs). As a unit, Oregon's backfield picked up 174 yards on 44 carries, including seven first downs.
'We got our running game on track, and showed up as a group for the first time this spring,' Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti said. 'Our defense has played great early this spring, and maybe as a result they rested on their laurels a little today.'
Quarterbacks Jason Fife and Kellen Clemens rotated under center and ended with similar passing numbers. Fife completed 7-of-15 passes for 64 yards, one first down and a long completion of 25 yards to tight end Tim Day on his second attempt of the afternoon. Clemens went 5-of-15 passing for 54 yards, two touchdowns and two first downs. The Burns, Ore., native connected for a 20-yarder to wide receiver Keith Allen on his opening completion and second attempt, and on his next pass, again found Allen, this time for a 12-yard TD and the first scoring pass of the day. His other TD toss came on his final throw, a two-yarder to tight end George Wrighster in the right half of the end zone, near the end of the scrimmage.
'I can't say our quarterbacks have exceeded our initial expectations,' Bellotti said, 'but they haven't disappointed, especially considering the expectations others have. I think they're steadily improving. They made better decisions today and moved the team better at times, although they also had some throws that they might like to have back. '
As expected, the receiving corps, which returns its top stat leaders from last year's flanker/wide receiver corps, shared the workload evenly with eight Ducks pulling in receptions. Allen (2-32, 1 TD), Kevin Donoho (2-17), Demetrius Williams (2-14), and Samie Parker (2-11) all caught a pair of receptions, and Gary Daniels (1-12), George Wrighster (1-2, 1 TD), Tim Day (1-25) and Josh Rogers (1-5) added single catches.
The Duck defense were led by a host of up-and-comers, including leading tacklers Stephen Clayton (7), Randall Bowen (6), Tate Pittman (6) and Justin Andrews (5). Bowen and Kai Smalley registered quarterback sacks, and Bowen added two tackles for loss. Tate Pittman, Rasuli Webster, Demetrius Spates each had single tackles for loss.
On the special teams front, kicker Jared Siegel connected on field goal attempts of 25, 27 and 42 yards, and missed only his second attempt, a 42-yarder in the first half. Back-up kicker and starting punter Jose Arroyo made his initial 40-yard field goal attempt, but was blocked on the next try from 46 yards out by Clayton who penetrated through the middle of the line.
'Our kicking games needs work,' Bellotti added. 'We need more protection on the line, and we were using some new holders which didn't make it any easier.'
Friday's 90-minute practice capped the third week of spring football drills, with the Ducks' final scrimmage, its annual Spring Football Game, set for 1 pm, Saturday, April 27 in PGE Park in Portland.
'It was nice to get a scrimmage on grass,' Bellotti said, 'and nobody got hurt today which is a good thing. There's a lot to accomplish in spring practice, and we always want to emphasize the exposure and hitting. We have a good team coming back, but there's still a lot of work to do. Monday and Tuesday will be our last practices for evaluation and Thursday will be more setting-up for the spring game.'
Tickets for the spring game are available at PGE Park and all Western Oregon Ticketmaster outlets, including select Fred Meyer and G.I. Joe's locations. Also, tickets may be purchased by phoning Ticketmaster at (503) 224-4400 or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.
General admission tickets are available for $6.00, while reserved seats are $8.00 and $12.00. A limited number of exclusive $18.00 club seats will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. PFE is also offering a variety of special group packages, including suite rentals and an array of exciting picnic options.
Oregon Football Second Spring Scrimmage
Friday, April 19, 2002
Rushing - Allan Amundson 13-87 1TD, Ryan Shaw 9-49 1TD, Onterrio Smith 5-38, Matt Stewart 5-10, Jason Fife 3-3. Bret Stray 1-2, Matt Kennedy 1-0, Ryan Loftin 1- -1, Kellen Clemens 6- -14. Totals 44-174 2TD.
Tackles - Stephen Clayton 7, Randall Bowen 6 (1-7 QBX, 2-11 TFL), Tate Pittman 6 (1-4 TFL), Justin Andrews 5, Garret Graham 4, Justin Phinisee 4, Jerry Matson 3, Devan Long 3, Seth McEwen 3, Robby Valenzuela 3, Ramone Reed 3, Steven Moore 3, Matt Goble 3, David Martin 2, Rasuli Webster 2 (1-2 TFL), Kai Smalley 2 (1-9 QBX), Demetrius Spates 2 (1-4 TFL), Roderkus Wright 2, Keith Lewis 2 (1 PBU), Courtney Miller 2, Timothy Frieh 2 (1 PBU), David Moretti 1, Marley Tucker 1, John Esa 1, Quinn Dorsey 1, Charles Favroth 1 (1 PBU), Erik Cheney 1 (1 PBU), Eric Johnson 1, Darrell Wright (1 PBU), Craig Dukes (1 PBU).
Interceptions - None.